• "'Let me bind up your hand.'"
    "'Let me bind up your hand.'"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj binding executed with proper legal authority "a binding contract"
    • n binding the act of applying a bandage
    • n binding the protective covering on the front, back, and spine of a book "the book had a leather binding"
    • n binding strip sewn over or along an edge for reinforcement or decoration
    • n binding one of a pair of mechanical devices that are attached to a ski and that will grip a ski boot; the bindings should release in case of a fall
    • n binding the capacity to attract and hold something
    • ***

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Automatic self-binding reaper Automatic self-binding reaper

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The main active chemical in marijuana is THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol). The membranes of certain nerve cells in the brain contain protein receptors that bind to THC. Once securely in place, THC kicks off a series of cellular reactions that ultimately lead to the high that users experience when they smoke marijuana
    • Binding Anything that binds; a bandage; the cover of a book, or the cover with the sewing, etc.; something that secures the edge of cloth from raveling.
    • a Binding That binds; obligatory.
    • Binding The act or process of one who, or that which, binds.
    • Binding (Naut) The transoms, knees, beams, keelson, and other chief timbers used for connecting and strengthening the parts of a vessel.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • binding Serving to bind, fasten, or connect; making fast.
    • binding Having power to bind or oblige; obligatory: as, a binding engagement.
    • binding Astringent.
    • binding Causing constipation; constipating.
    • n binding The act or action of making fast, securing, uniting, etc., in any sense of the verb bind: as, the binding of prisoners; wire that serves for binding.
    • n binding Anything that binds; a bandage; the cover of a book, with the sewing and accompanying work; something that secures the edges of cloth or of a garment.
    • n binding In fencing, a method of securing the adversary's sword, consisting in crossing it with a pressure, accompanied with a spring of the wrist.
    • n binding plural In ship-building, the beams, transoms, knees, wales, keelson, and other chief timbers used for connecting and strengthening the various parts of a vessel. Also called binders.
    • n binding The condition assumed by adhesive soils in hot dry seasons; a similar condition in the soil of flowerpots in which plants have been kept too long or too dry; closeness, dryness, or hardness of texture.
    • n binding In machinery, the prevention of free motion in one part of a machine by the sagging or any deviation from a straight line of another portion.
    • n binding A projection of a part of a structure or machine by which parts intended to touch are prevented from coming into perfect contact.
    • n binding Nautical, a wrought-iron ring around a dead-eye.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Binding restraining: obligatory
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  • John Hay
    John Hay
    “All who think cannot but see there is a sanction like that of religion which binds us in partnership in the serious work of the world.”
  • St. Thomas Aquinas
    “Temperance is simply a disposition of the mind which binds the passion.”
  • Marquis De Vauvenargues
    “Our failings sometimes bind us to one another as closely as could virtue itself.”
  • William M. Evarts
    William M. Evarts
    “It is faith among men that holds the moral elements of society together, as it is faith in God that binds the world to his throne.”
  • Antoine De Saint-Exupery
    “One can be a brother only in something. Where there is no tie that binds men, men are not united but merely lined up.”
  • William Blake
    “He who binds to himself a joy doth the winged life destroy. But he who kisses the joy as it flies lives in Eternity's sunrise.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. bindan; cog. with Ger. binden, Sans. bandh.


In literature:

The cords that bind you together are a hundred times as strong as those which ever bound any party.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
Does not a law cease to be binding when it is not enforced?
"Loss and Gain" by John Henry Newman
The others, fearing treason, decide to bind and keep him prisoner until the next morning.
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
The front one had been torn out of its binding.
"The Rich Little Poor Boy" by Eleanor Gates
And the law that He laid down for His servant is the law that binds Himself.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
The chain that they would bind him with was called Laeding.
"The Children of Odin" by Padraic Colum
The morocco binding of the book was faded, and the colour had grown faint, but there were no stains nor bruises nor marks of usage.
"The House of Souls" by Arthur Machen
That which is absolutely binding upon the human will can be determined only in view of some theory of its ultimate nature.
"The Approach to Philosophy" by Ralph Barton Perry
Love weaves his chains of the gossamer's web, as well as of the unyielding adamant; and both are alike binding and inextricable.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 2 (of 2)" by John Roby
Is that moral obligation which binds the father, not binding on the son?
"The Ordinance of Covenanting" by John Cunningham
Cameron and Waltling, advance and bind this woman.
"An Undivided Union" by Oliver Optic
No such promise with reference to money matters between mother and son could be binding.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
Bind the sack ere it be fou.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
O Peace, thy injured robes up-bind!
"The Poetical Works of William Collins" by William Collins
Why, then, should I bind myself by a promise?
"Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle" by H. N. Brailsford
There is nothing to bind them in sweet communion and interchange of confidences.
"Our Moslem Sisters" by Annie Van Sommer
His oath once taken would bind him eternally.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
Gilliatt took advantage of this remains of daylight to bind the knotted rope.
"Toilers of the Sea" by Victor Hugo
Bind it continually upon thy heart, and tie it about thy neck.
"Oriental Women" by Edward Bagby Pollard
And of all their drudgery, the everlasting stooping over bundles to bind them into sheaves galled them most.
"The Romance of the Reaper" by Herbert Newton Casson

In poetry:

A ring, with a red jewel,
Is sparkling on her hand;
Upon the hook she binds it,
And flings it from the land.
"A Northern Legend" by William Cullen Bryant
Let Israel, home returning,
Their lost Messiah see;
Give oil of joy for mourning,
And bind Thy church to Thee.
"O That the Lord's Salvation" by Henry Francis Lyte
Then shall Love's gentle reign
Bind, with electric chain,
Each human heart to each,
Far as the race shall reach.
"Of Death And Life" by Alfred Gibbs Campbell
There they greeted life
(Bind close the scarves of gold!)­
There they greeted life,
And turned them back again.
"Song: IV" by Maurice Polydore-Marie-Bernard Maeterlinck
And mother, wash my pale pale hands
And then bind up my feet;
My body may no longer rest
Out of its winding sheet.
"At Last" by Elizabeth Eleanor Siddal
"'T is the bodkin that I wear
When at night I bind my hair;
It woke me falling on the floor;
'T is nothing more."
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 1. The Musician's Tale; The Saga of King Olaf VIII. -- Gudrun" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In news:

All these changes are triggered when the communication molecules (short fatty acids, AHLs) bind to receptors inside the bacterial cells, triggering gene expression changes.
A team of wildlife biologists and volunteers bind the feet of a dead female, called a cow, at an inspection station in Berlin.
Family Ties' still binding co-stars Baxter, Gross.
The test fluid is then added, and if any target molecules are present they bind to the beads , increasing the bead size, which changes the resonant frequency by a detectable amount.
It was great to see a page 1 story in The Daily News (Nov. 9) about three non-binding questions on the Nov 6 ballot.
Double-OT game 'put us in a bind '.
US futures head lower on Europe's bind .
Tree spears car in Snohomish, putting homeowners in a bind .
More Technology Puts Doctors in Ethical Bind .
Traditions bind school community together.
BSkyB's Ties to Murdoch Still Bind .
Americans bind together on Thanksgiving.
Fears Legally- Binding Rules In Future.
Binding a community together.
Warm musical tells tale of binding friendship.

In science:

In contrast to the previous studies the Green’s function method allows an exact consideration of one-replica (1p) and two-replica (2p) binding states.
Localization of a random heteropolymer onto a surface
Our analysis shows that for statistically symmetric heteropolymer the 2p binding state exists at the localization transition of the 1p binding state.
Localization of a random heteropolymer onto a surface
The binding problem for (4) with n = 2 can also be solved exactly.
Localization of a random heteropolymer onto a surface
As it is well-known from text books the binding state in this case exists for infinitesimally weak potential.
Localization of a random heteropolymer onto a surface
Taking into account the delta function in computing the two-replica binding state in Eqs.(9-10) leads to non significant changes.
Localization of a random heteropolymer onto a surface
We now will consider the computation of the free energy by using the replica formula (3) under taking into account the one-replica and two-replica binding states.
Localization of a random heteropolymer onto a surface
In the case, if only 1p (one-replica) binding states exist, Eq.(3) gives straightforwardly −βF = pc .
Localization of a random heteropolymer onto a surface
However, the situation is nontrivial when a 2p (two-replica) binding state exists.
Localization of a random heteropolymer onto a surface
We use the exact treatment of one- and two-replica binding states of the replica Hamiltonian to compute the free energy of the random heteropolymer.
Localization of a random heteropolymer onto a surface
We have obtained that in the case (ii) the energy of the 2p binding state at the transition is finite, i.e. the localization is a first-order transition. A schematic phase diagram of the localization-delocalization transition of the random heteropolymer is suggested.
Localization of a random heteropolymer onto a surface
It should be contrasted to the usual case where DoS of pure systems are also divergent at zero-energy due to the van-Hove singularities of the tight binding model on a two-dimensional square lattice.
Singular Density of States of Disordered Dirac Fermions in the Chiral Models
We show that the temperatures of the emergent non-electron neutrinos and the binding energy released by a galactic Type II supernova are determinable, assuming the Large Mixing Angle (LMA) solution is correct, from observations at the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) and at SuperKamiokande (SK).
Inverting a Supernova: Neutrino Mixing, Temperatures and Binding Energy
Determination of the binding energy Eb , the supernova neutrino mean energies (temperatures) and sin2 2θ13 for the normal mass hierarchy.
Inverting a Supernova: Neutrino Mixing, Temperatures and Binding Energy
The binding energy released in the supernova and the temperatures of the non-electron neutrinos expelled may be determined with good precision for most values of sin2 2θ13 .
Inverting a Supernova: Neutrino Mixing, Temperatures and Binding Energy
The energy required to produce the observed flux from such distances (∼1051–1054 ergs, modulo any beaming factor) is a few percent of the binding energy of a neutron star.
A Search for Gamma-Ray Bursts and Pulsars, and the Application of Kalman Filters to Gamma-Ray Reconstruction